Green Tara with Pueo, Hawaiian Owl – Faith Stone
Green Tara is considered the most accessible goddess. She has one foot coming down from her lotus as if to say “You need me? Here I come”. Tara is a female Bodhisattva and an important goddess deity in both Buddhism and Hinduism. Tara represents the fundamental female aspect of the universe, which gives birth to warmth, compassion and relief from bad karma as experienced by ordinary beings in cyclic existence (samsara). She engenders, nourishes and has profound sympathy for all living beings and acts to relieve suffering wherever she can. Here I have her in a Hawaiian sitting with a pueo and Hualalai Mountain in the background.
Tara traditionally holds an utpala, or blue lotus, in her right hand at chest level, which simultaneously displays the vitarka (teaching) mudra. The utpala is a night-blooming flower. Tara protects at our time of greatest fear, during both the physical night and while we exist in the darkness of our ignorance. The lotus is renowned for its purity, remaining unstained in even the most contaminating of environments. Tara’s mantra is: Om Tare Tutare Ture Swaha
Mokuhanga is the traditional Japanese style of woodblock prints. The block is printed onto Japanese Kozo or mulberry paper by hand rubbing with a barren. The inks used are sumi and watercolor inks. Mokuhanga is a labor-intensive old school printmaking practice. This is an original woodblock, not a digital reproduction.
Tara’s mantra is: Om Tare Tu Tare Ture Svaha.
Size: 22″ x 28″ (56×72 cm).